The Midnight Special was a musical variety series that that aired on NBC-TV during
the 1970s and early 1980s, created and produced by Burt Sugarman. It premiered
as a 90-minute pilot on August 19, 1972, with host John Denver (below), then began
its run as a regular series on February 2, 1973; the last episode of the show was on
May 1, 1981. It followed the Friday night edition of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.